2017 Four Intelligences Reading List

Since we can create resolutions at any time, I try to avoid setting them at the New Year, when there is so much other stuff to be done. Even so, the holidays do allow for some quiet moments for reflection. As I thought about what books to read, I noticed Covey’s 8th Habit on my shelf, and thought about picking a book in each of his four intelligences.

You may recall the four intelligences: Psychological, Physical, Emotional and Spiritual. So in addition to finishing the books I began last year, here are four others, along with why they are on my list.

Psychological. “The Power of Noticing,” by Max Bazerman. Years ago I did the simple exercise of going to a coffee shop and writing down everything I noticed. It taught me the power of “tuning in.” This is important skill is in play when I work as a mediator, where noticing (or not) can be the difference between reaching agreement…(0r not). A little tune up starting with myself in that regard can’t hurt.

Physical. “When Nobody was Watching,” by Carli Lloyd. As a soccer player and later a triathlete, and now as a coach, I enjoy reading about all aspects of the sport. This book was lying about my daughter’s room, and Lloyd scored a hat trick in the 2015 World Cup, so its on the list. I also plan to re-read “Catch The Doing Something Good” by Tony Dicicco.

Emotional. 21 Undeniable Secrets of Marriage. In August I’ll celebrate 25 years of marriage with my wife, Shari. I’m not sure what “secrets” I don’t know yet, but there has to be something in there beyond “put the seat down” to help me help her next 25 years at least bearable.

Spiritual. “Nudging Conversions,” by Carrie Gress. Being better at talking with others about Jesus is a skill to develop in order to better respond to questions about faith other pose — both in times of need and not.